BERLIN STYLE: Berlin is set to get its own fashion week. IMG Fashion is organizing Berlin Fashion Week, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off in July, according to a report in German magazine Stern. The runway presentations are expected to be modeled after the New York shows with temporary tent structures set up by the city’s Brandenburg Gate. Mercedes-Benz is expected to be a major sponsor. More details and additional partnerships will be unveiled at a press conference later this month.

SAFILO USA PROMOTION: Safilo USA promoted senior vice president Dick Russo to executive vice president. In the newly created job, Russo’s added responsibilities will include overseeing the reporting of Safilo Canada’s sales, as well as Safilo USA’s marketing, planning and product development departments. He will continue to report to Claudio Gottardi, chief executive officer of Safilo Group, the Milan-based parent company of Safilo USA. Safilo USA also announced that chief financial officer John Judge also will oversee financial reporting for areas outside the U.S., including Canada and Latin America.

This story first appeared in the January 5, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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